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Lee and Longstreet at Gettysburg ❰Epub❯ ❧ Lee and Longstreet at Gettysburg Author Glenn Tucker – Thomashillier.co.uk Reviews reappraises the roles of and relationship between the two central figures of the battle on the Southern side Examines the lore that developed in the years after the war to explain the backgrou Reviews reappraises the roles of Longstreet at PDF/EPUB ã and relationship between the two central figures of the battle on the Southern side Examines the lore that developed in the years after the war to explain the background for many popular concepts about Gettysburg.

  • Hardcover
  • 297 pages
  • Lee and Longstreet at Gettysburg
  • Glenn Tucker
  • 24 October 2015
  • 9780890297643

3 thoughts on “Lee and Longstreet at Gettysburg

  1. robin friedman robin friedman says:

    A Study Of The Confederate High Command At GettysburgGlenn Tucker was a newspaper reporter who covered the White House and an advertising executive He was also a student of the Civil War and in the tradition of the amateur scholar wrote several books which are still read including High Tide at Gettysburg 1958 and this seuel Lee and Longstreet at Gettysburg 1968For years many individuals devoted to the cause of the South and to the memory of General Robert E Lee blamed General Longstreet the commander of Lee's first corps and his leading subordinate for the loss of the Battle of Gettysburg July 1 July 3 1863 and perhaps broadly for the defeat of the Confederacy Robert E Lee and James Longstreet disagreed famously on the manner in which the Battle of Gettysburg was to be prosecuted The controversy over Lee and Longstreet at Gettysburg is basically three fold 1 Some people blame the Confederate loss on Longstreet's alleged failure to attack the Union left early in the morning of July 2 They allege that Lee had given orders for such an attack and Longstreet dallied until it was to late for the attack to be successful 2 Longstreet opposed the attack of the Federal left and tried to persuade General Lee to march his army to the right around the Union army to get between the Union army and Washington DC and Balti 3 Longstreet opposed what proved to be the disastrous frontal charge the Pickett Pettigrew Trimble charge on July 3Tucker's study reviews these charges in detail and sensibly and convincingly exonerates Longstreet With respect to the first charge he finds that Lee issued no orders for an early morning attack He concludes that Longstreet moved his troops with than reasonable dispatch under the circumstances and launched his attack fortuitously at the time it had the best chance of success The second and third charges involve the exercise of military judgment on the battle plan at Gettysburg Tucker in the company of an increasing number of students of the battle concludes that Longstreet had the better of it and the strategy likely to lead to success at Gettysburg than the strategy that was pursued With Pickett's charge on July 3 the case is alas clear to make The matter is closer with respect to the July 2 strategy Longstreet proposing to go around the Union army but this too may have been the preferable course given the strength of the Union position on Cemetery RidgeTucker documents the Lee Longstreet disagreements well and I think fairly One of the fascinating aspects of his book is his discussion of visits of President Eisenhower and Field Marshall Montgomery to Gettysburg to review the battle plans Both Generals were supportive of Longstreet's strategy and were strongly negative about Pickett's charge in particularThere is much material in this book extraneous to the Lee Longstreet controversy at Gettysburg The material includes extensive biographical sketches of Generals Lee Longstreet and Pickett the last of which adds very little to understanding the battle Tucker dwells too long trying to show the authenticity of letters Pickett allegedly wrote to his fiancee during the battle Most scholars believe the letters are forgeries There are many anecdotes and side stories which while interesting in themselves are somewhat padded and add little to an understanding of the roles of Lee and Longstreet in the Battle of GettysburgTuckerwrites from a Southern point of view He casts the war as a struggle between large centralized government and local self determination and downplays severely in my opinion the role of slavery In his concluding chapter he is critical of the reconstruction policy following the Civil War without explaining his criticisms in detail and of course without considering carefully the scholarly reconsideration of reconstruction to which he alludes that was beginning to make headway at about the time of his bookImportant as these matters are Tucker's discussion of the roles of Lee and Longstreet anticipates the views of much modern thinking on the Battle of Gettysburg Only a few years ago Longstreet's contribution to the Southern effort at the Battle was memorialized by a statue Tucker's book is a thoughtful study of leadership and will increase the reader's understanding of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil WarRobin Friedman

  2. Rob McMonigal Rob McMonigal says:

    Really good neutral examination of the Lee Longstreet conflict at Gettysburg and the lore that surrounds the keystone of the Lost Cause argument

  3. Rick Davis Rick Davis says:

    Interesting and thought provoking analysis

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